ERIC Number: ED098868
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
An Approach to a Theory of Quality Assurance. Remarks to the Conference on Quality Control in Nontraditional Higher Education.
This document lists critical factors that would assist in assuring quality in nontraditional programs in higher education. These factors include: (1) a statement of program purposes that has the commitment of the major factors in implementing the program; (2) given purposes specified at the university as well as program level, the institution should have a strategy of instruction viewed as likely to produce the desired outcomes with relative efficiency for the students involved; (3) The institution should be able to state the criteria upon which satisfactory performance would be judged and to state the level of proficiency or achievement expected as minimum on these criteria; and (4) The institution should have a strategy for monitoring its performance and for follow-up in acting upon the findings and recommendations emerging from the monitoring activity. Steps that will best provide improved quality assurance in nontraditional programs are listed for nontraditional institutions of higher education; federal and state regulatory agencies; accrediting agencies; investigative journalists, educational researchers, and publishers of information on nontraditional programs; counseling and advocacy-oriented third parties; prospective students; consortia of institutions of higher education; and the courts. Providing prospective users adequate information and improving quality control in nontraditional programs are discussed. (MJM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Antioch Coll., Columbia, MD.